By Ray Pride Pride@moviecitynews.com

“Out of 17 films in competition there are six directed by women but we didn’t select the films looking for parity in numbers. I don’t think gender should be a criterium for selecting films. I think the key is to ensure the access of women to the film industry. Parity has to be supported from the start, making sure everybody has the same rights and opportunities to make the films they want to make. Festivals are at the end of this process and shouldn’t select the films by the gender of the person who has made. We don’t apply quotas but I’m happy that each year we are seeing more and more films directed by women.”

“Out of 17 films in competition there are six directed by women but we didn’t select the films looking for parity in numbers. I don’t think gender should be a criterion for selecting films. I think the key is to ensure the access of women to the film industry. Parity has to be supported from the start, making sure everybody has the same rights and opportunities to make the films they want to make. Festivals are at the end of this process and shouldn’t select the films by the gender of the person who has made. We don’t apply quotas but I’m happy that each year we are seeing more and more films directed by women.”

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“But okay, I promise you now that if I ever retire again, I’m going to ensure that I can’t walk it back. I’ll post a series of the most disgusting, offensive, outrageous statements you can ever imagine. That way it will be impossible for me to ever be employed again. No one is going to take my calls. No one is going to want to be seen with me. Oh, it will be scorched earth. I will have torched everything. I’m going to flame out in the most legendary fashion.”
~ Steven Soderbergh

I feel strongly connected to young cinephile culture. The thing about filmmaking—and cinephilia—is that you can’t keep hanging out with your own age group as you get older. They drop off, move somewhere. You can’t put together a crew of sixty-somethings. It’s the same for cinephilia: my original set of cinephile friends are watching DVDs at home or delving into 1958 episodes of ‘Gunsmoke,’ something like that. The people who are out there tend to be young, and I happen to be doing the same thing still, so it’s natural that I move in their circles.

In terms of the filmmaking, there was a gear shift: my first movies focused on people around my age, and I followed them for three films. Until The Unspeakable Act, I was using the same actors, not because of an affinity for people at a specific age, but because of my affinity for the actors. I like to work with actors a second time, especially if I don’t feel confident casting a new film. But The Unspeakable Act was a different script, and I had to cast all new people. Even for the older roles, I couldn’t get the people I’d worked with before. But when it was over, the same thing happened: I wanted to work with Tallie again in the worst way, and I started the process all over again.

I think Rohmer did something similar around the time of Perceval and Catherine de HeilbronnHe developed new groups of people that he liked to work with. These gear shifts are natural. Even if you want to follow certain actors to the end of their life (which I kind of do) the variety of ideas that you generate makes it necessary to change. And once you’ve made the change, you’ve got all these new people around.”
~ Dan Sallitt